I'm sure I've taken this photo before, but somehow, it's still new—the first transplants of the season! This is the look of 1,440 onions, starting out. These are 72-cell plug sheets, and the plan is to multi-plant four onions in each spot. Do a little multiplication—5 trays, 72 … [Read more...] about 1440 onions
Things can change suddenly on the tiny farm. I picked today to move the majority of seedlings to the greenhouse. Although this was MUCH later than hoped for earlier this year, it's all about the (recently COLD) weather, and I didn't want to spend much on heat. But you can't wait … [Read more...] about Seedlings away!
Here are ALL the indoor seed starting tools I have, most of them always-used, a couple not. Nothing special, and FINGERS I've found are handiest for most of the work at this scale. In any case, a few details (and there's more on #1-5 in Seed starting tools, part 1): 1. The … [Read more...] about Seed starting tools II
Clearing a path to the hoophouse today, I turned the corner and noticed the original min-max thermometer. I don't usually. It was one of the first bits of gear acquired in Year 1, when the reality of FROST in the garden was a complete and scary unknown. The thermometer records … [Read more...] about My old friend the min-max thermometer
Started the first seeds of the year today: lettuce and arugula. At night, the grow racks remind me of a lab experiment, with the plugsheets in trays, carefully labelled and sheathed in plastic under the intense white light (fluorescents up close are pretty bright). And there's … [Read more...] about Getting started